Freeman + Particle Labs

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Freeman Technology and Particle Technology Labs’ collaboration takes powder characterization service to new levels

23 Oct 2007: Welland, UK: A specialist team of analysts has been introduced to manage the growing workload generated by increased uptake of the powder characterization service offered by Particle Technology Labs Ltd (PTL) (Chicago, USA). The service, which is built around the use of the Freeman Technology FT4 Powder Rheometer, was introduced at Pittcon in 2005. It has been fully operational for more than two years and demand has increased significantly this year. Since the inception of the service a wide range of industrial powders has been tested, including ceramics, cement and pharmaceutical materials.

PTL is an established laboratory that is highly experienced in the characterization of fine particles. The powder characterization service was established in response to a growing demand from clients who wanted more information about the flow properties of their powders.

Bill Kopesky, Laboratory Manager at PTL confirmed the benefits that their clients are seeing. “Using the FT4 we undertake a series of flowability studies with the dynamic testing regimes available on the instrument. We also use it for shear testing where required. If two powders behave differently, or a powder’s behaviour changes, then we can really start to examine the differences,” he said. “Clients have, for example, been able to use the data we generate to allow them to change a formulation, and clearly monitor the results. People tend to be very impressed at the degree of sensitivity that can be achieved in showing differences between powders.”

The lab also acts as a reference site in North America for the FT4 and operates the powder characterization service in close conjunction with Freeman Technology. The powder processing experience and expertise of the Freeman team provides additional support on data interpretation and in relating results back to real-world processing situations.

For details of PTL’s powder testing service contact Bill Kopesky at +1 (630) 969-2703 or visit them on their website.

About Freeman Technology

Freeman Technology is a specialist company pioneering the measurement and understanding of powders and their flow properties. Founded in 1989, the company developed the novel, patented technology that forms the core of its Powder Rheometer system at its design and manufacturing centre in Worcestershire, UK where all manufacturing takes place in an ISO 9001:2000 accredited environment. The FT4 Powder Rheometer is a universal powder tester that provides three complementary approaches in a single instrument: measurement of bulk properties including permeability, bulk density and compressability; shear property determination with automated shear cells; and dynamic flowability using patented methodology. In April 2007 the company received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

About Particle Technology Labs Ltd (PTL)

PTL is a premier cGMP service laboratory, dedicated to quality particle size and characterization. It is a non-biased facility which provides the most appropriate instrument and result based upon your sample types and needs. Experienced technical staff, extensive analytical expertise, and state-of-the-art instrumentation, help set PTL apart as the leader in their field.

Utilizing over 20 different technologies, PTL has significant capacity to measure particle size, concentration, and shape, as well as surface area, porosity, density, zeta potential, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry and powder flowability. Instrumentation includes Malvern, Beckman-Coulter, Particle Sizing Systems, Micromeritics, Quantachrome, Microtrac, TSI, Netzsch and Freeman Technology.

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